Posts tagged "rap"

Watch This Reporter Rap Blackalicious For Her Vocal Prep

Vocal warmups are always super-fun – my favorite goes, “I am a big fig plucker, I pluck mother figs. I am the meanest big fig plucker that ever plucked a mother fig.” Try that when you’re drunk!
Anyway, this news reporter had a different and also fun and awesome idea: Reciting (if not exactly…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 29, 2014

Zach Sherwin’s Serial Rap Sums Up How We’re All Feeling About The Podcast

Rapping comedian Zach Sherwin released a rap about Serial over the show’s theme song yesterday, just in time for the show’s finale on Thursday. (It’s a great idea — the song makes for an awesome beat!) Sherwin addresses most of the conversations that have surrounded the podcast: The exploitation of Hae Min Lee’s death for…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 16, 2014

An Open Letter To Iggy Azalea Regarding Her Appropriation Of Black Culture While Ignoring The Issues Faced By The Black Community

Dear Iggy Azalea,

I was a Black child of the ’90s who grew up on hip-hop and R&B. Some of my favorite adolescent memories were set to the soundtrack of the likes of Toni Braxton, Tupac, Sade, Lauryn Hill and Nas. I may have only been seven-years-old when DJ Kool announced, “Let Me…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / December 4, 2014

This Prep School Rap Battle Is What A Hogwarts Freestyle Competition Would Be Like

Everything about this is gold.

Some students from the UK went all “8 Mile” on their prep school campus when an impromptu rap battle commenced, reminding the rest of us why we don’t see too many preppy sixteen year olds in the rap game these days. The overall theme of their weak four-line…

By: Katie Oldenburg / October 9, 2014

Rapper/Model Yes Liv Can Releases Song About Not Hooking Up With Jay Z

Where to start with this one? Remember about a year ago, there were rumors that Jay Z had been flirting with a rapper/model who calls herself LIV (she also goes by Yes Liv Can)? Well, yesterday, Yes Liv Can released a low budget, hella cheesy music video called “Sorry Mrs. Carter.” The song i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 5, 2014

Life Dream Status: Watch My Interview With “This Is Hot 97″‘s Old Man Ebro & Laura Stylez

There are two things that get me out of bed in the morning: a cup of coffee and Hot 97, New York City’s biggest and best hip hop station. For the last, oh, four years, the “Hot 97 Morning Show” has not only been rousing my tired ass out of bed, but making me sing/ra…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 14, 2014

Kanye West And Future Rap About Their “Trophy Wives” Kim Kardashian And Ciara

In a new song called “I Won,” Kanye West and Future rap about showing off their respective fiancées Kim Kardashian and Ciara, who they repeatedly refer to as “trophies.” The whole thing is equal parts sweet and icky; I mean, “trophy wife” is not exactly a compliment, gentlemen. How about we respect our partners for…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 8, 2014

Brian Williams And Lester Holt Do Flawless “Cover” Of “Rapper’s Delight” On “The Tonight Show”

Okay, so it’s not a “cover” per se, as the entire song is spliced together from news clips of both anchors, but it doesn’t matter — it’s tight. Especially the part where Lester Holt comes in and the two are dueting. “Hotel, motel, Holiday Innnn…” SO GOOD. Jimmy Fallon is seriously bringing it his first week on the jo…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 20, 2014

North Carolina Teachers Rap “Ice Ice Baby” To Announce Snow Day

Why didn’t we ever have any teachers this willing to act like total dorks on the Internet? [YouTube]
Meanwhile, a little farther north, a college student learns the best way to handle not having a snow day off is to angrily tweet about it. [Gothamist]
A friend of Mia Farrow’s is blabbing…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 13, 2014

Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Hip Hop” Version Of “Achy Breaky Heart” Is Literally The Most Terrible Noise To Be Recorded In History

Everything about “Achy Breaky 2″ — the “hip hop” version of “Achy Breaky Heart” by the rapper Buck 22 and Billy Ray Cyrus — is an embarrassment to vibrations we call “sound.” I don’t think anyone would call this monstrosity “hip hop.” Or country music. Or a song, really. From the sexy alien ladies twerking,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 12, 2014

The Frilly, High-Waisted Wu-Tang Clan Panties You Never Knew You Needed

Perfect for the girl who loves lacy, retro lingerie as much as she loves ’90s hip hop. [$70, Etsy]…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / November 7, 2013

Dolly Parton Raps Awkwardly On “The Queen Latifah Show”

Dolly Parton is a goddess who can do no wrong. But, um, this clip of her rapping on “The Queen Latifah Show” wearing a blonde Afro wig is cringe-inducingly awkward. Just stick to country — OK, Dolly? I hope voicing this opinion won’t halt invitations to special Dolly/Latifah girly brunches. [Entertainment Weekly]
“Master…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 18, 2013

Watch Sandra Bullock Nail “Rapper’s Delight”

Normally I feel a little queasy in my tummy when famous non-rappers try to rap famous rap songs (e.g. Gwyneth Paltrow). But Sandra Bullock was so endearing and funny and decent in her attempt to rap Sugerhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” on the UK’s “Jonathan Ross Show” that I didn’t even feel a tinge of my usual…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 14, 2013

Nicole Richie Enters The Rap Game, World Sighs

Nicole Richie loves rap, but she wants rappers to rap about things she cares about. For her new occasional AOL video series “Candidly Nicole,” Richie visited rapper/producer Ebone Hoodrich, who is tasked with helping her create a rap so she can “get her street cred back” (which is a thing she never had, and i…

By: Julie Gerstein / September 5, 2013

I Can’t Stop Watching This 1988 Chi Phi Frat Video

Back in 1988, the members of the University of Southern California chapter of Chi Phi Fraternity put together a promotional rap video to attract new members to their fraternity’s ranks. The vid, set to a funky original track, includes a multi-part rap about colors (!) and a lot of pretty awesome dancing. We’re particularly fervent…

By: Julie Gerstein / August 21, 2013

Woman Divorces Husband To Go To Waka Flocka Show

You know, sometimes in life you’re going to be faced with difficult choices. Where to go to college, whether to quit your job, what to eat for dinner, whether it’s worth divorcing your husband to go to a Waka Flocka Flame show. If you are anything like Diane D. of Florida (pictured with WFF), thi…

By: Julie Gerstein / June 12, 2013

Brian Williams Rapping Is As Perfect As It Sounds

Perhaps you’ve never noticed before, but news anchor Brian Williams really does have a certain tenor and cadence to his voice that’s just made for rap music. Just watch this clip “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” put together of BriWi rapping Warren G’s classic song, “Regulate.” All that’s missing is Nate Dogg (RIP). And check out…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 7, 2013

Talib Kweli Talks About White Male Privilege In Hip Hop

Even Talib Kweli is, like, damn, that’s a cold-ass honky

Appearing this week on Vlad TV (aka “the TMZ of hip hop”), the Brooklyn-born rapper was asked about white privilege in hip hop. Specifically, how being Caucasian can help some artists, like Mac Miller, make it to #1 on the charts. Kweli…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 6, 2013

Conservative Congressman Says He Really Identifies With Public Enemy

Republican representative and Jason Sudeikis lookalike Trey Radel has not listened to a lot of rap in his lifetime. I’m guessing this, because the man claims that his values are accurately reflected in the music of Public Enemy, and other “so-called gansta rap” artists. Radel is particularly enamoured of the 1989 Public Enemy track “Fight…

By: Julie Gerstein / May 17, 2013

Watch ’90s Will Smith, Ice-T & Queen Latifah Rap About Earth Day

Guys, the ’90s! The best! Here’s a clip from a 1990 Earth Day special, featuring, oh, basically everyone who was famous in the ’90s. While the entire special is about an hour long and features everyone from Neil Patrick Harris (NPH 4 LYFE) to Danny Devito, the Cosbys and the stars of “Thirtysomething,” we thought…

By: Julie Gerstein / April 22, 2013
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